Hong Ngoc Tonkin Hotel
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Carol and I went to the Starbucks next door to get coffee before going to breakfast. It was just after 7:00 am and the place was empty! I think this coffee is way too expensive for most Vietnamese. After breakfast we drove out of the city to a couple of small towns to see how most people live. People seemed happy to see us and waved as we went by. We walked around and saw people busy working and a school ...
... as the street food that we have been eating. Oh well!
One thing that we had to do before we left Hanoi was a Tuk Tuk ride. Here the Tuk Tuks are pedal powered. The driver sits behind you on his bicycle and you sit in the carriage in front. The seats are quite small so for our own comfort and mercy to the driver :) we got 2 Tuk Tuks that followed each other through the streets. Can't count the number of cringe worthy moments navigating those ...
... was great. We drank lots of Vietnamese coffee served from single cup traditional drip pots liberally laced with sweetened condensed milk - sounds weird, but oh so good.
We liked it here for many reasons. Despite the difficulties of a crowded city life and the challenges of history these people have a energy, momentum and contagious smiles. We have been wonderfully welcomed here and highly recommend a visit.